Last year I walked into the October Poetry Writing Month (OctPoWriMo) challenge of writing 31 poems in 31 days blind. I tried to formulate a strategy that I could carry on to the next month with National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) as I was beginning the challenge, but by the end, I had thrown everything out the window. I just needed to write. I had to finish.
I ended up completing the poetry writing challenge again this year. I went in with a flexible plan. Write a few poems at a time, have a theme or several that can give you ideas for poem content, and just write whenever you can. It ultimately worked. I finished on time with a few smaller hiccups along the way, but I wasn’t as frantic as I was the year before about rushing to get a certain amount of poems done on time. Yes, the task was still a big one, but things seemed to go a little smoother. (more…)
OctPoWriMo #29: Laugh Lines
Hills and valleys converge
and take shape along
the soft silky brown texture
of your landscape.
It is with these features
that you reveal your wisdom
like the natural and carefully
designed rings of a tree.
OctPoWriMo #27: Drive
The young ones would ride in the back seat fearing for their lives.
The old kids would learn how to drive in the front seat with you.
I would panic at the thought of my cousins out on the road,
but you would calmly teach the drivers who were brand new.
We would sit in the back seat of your large van completely carefree,
listening to music, playing with cousins, and the foster kids that you raised.
My first memories of you were on the back roads in your car.
You were always out helping your town which always left me amazed. (more…)
OctPoWriMo #25: Mississippi
You will never forget how to spell
After the teacher put you through hell
You tried desperately not to cry
You had to know about the place you lived by
A nearby Southern state
Another word that you probably even hate
OctPoWriMo #22: Tough
Your smile, soft as silk
smooths over the roughness
that we encounter.
I take an easy
and calming breath
knowing kindness from you.
You see the good in others,
and view the glass of life half full.